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KOCH presented by the Furman Film Series

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The Furman Film Series presents previews of the best new independent films and studio releases, followed by Q&As with filmmakers and industry professionals.


Join us for this fascinating documentary, plus a Q&A with the film's producer, Jenny Carchman.


Former Mayor Ed Koch  is the quintessential New Yorker. Still ferocious, charismatic, and hilariously blunt, the now 88-year-old Koch ruled New York from 1978 to 1989—a down-and-dirty decade of grit, graffiti,  near-bankruptcy  and rampant crime.  First-time filmmaker (and former Wall Street Journal reporter) Neil Barsky has crafted an intimate and revealing portrait of this intensely private man, his legacy as a political titan, and the town he helped transform. The tumult of his three terms included a fiercely competitive 1977 election; an infamous 1980 transit strike; the burgeoning AIDS epidemic; landmark housing renewal initiatives;  and an irreparable municipal corruption scandal.  Through candid interviews and rare archival footage, Koch thrillingly chronicles the personal and political toll of running the world’s most wondrous city in a time of upheaval and reinvention.

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